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U.S. District Court Expedites Ohio Ballot Access Case (December 4, 2013, 06:21 PM)
A U.S. District Court in Ohio has expedited the lawsuit over whether the new ballot access restrictions can be imposed for the 2014 election. All briefs must be submitted by December 18, and the hearing might be held that same day. The judge says he will decide the case no later than January 8, 2014.(More)?
Third Circuit Will Hold Oral Argument in Pennsylvania Minor Party Ballot Access Case in February (December 4, 2013, 06:17 PM)
The Third Circuit will hold an oral argument in Constitution Party of Pennsylvania v Aichele sometime in February 2014. This is the lawsuit in which the Constitution, Green, and Libertarian Parties are challenging the unique system that puts petitioning groups at risk of court costs of as much as $110,000 if they submit a statewide(More)?
On November 27, Ohio filed this brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Susan B. Anthony List v Driehaus, 13-193. The issue is Ohio’s law that makes it illegal for anyone to make a false statement in a campaign ad, whether about candidates or about ballot measures. The state argues that the U.S. Supreme Court(More)?
Libertarian Party on the Ballot in Alabama?s Most Populous County, for 2014 (December 3, 2013, 04:33 PM)
Alabama permits unqualified parties to qualify by petition in just part of the state. For some time the Alabama Libertarian Party has been circulating a petition for party status in Jefferson County, the state’s most populous county and the county that includes Birmingham. The party has been informed that its petition for 2014 county party(More)?
Virginia Legislator Leaves Republican Party, Will Run as an Independent for State Senate if Seat Becomes Vacant (December 3, 2013, 04:28 PM)
On December 3, Virginia Delegate Joe T. May announced he has left the Republican Party and, if there is a special State Senate Election in district 33, he will run as an independent. May was elected as a Republican to the House of Delegates in 1993 and has been re-elected ever since, except that in(More)?
Americans Elect Removed from Nebraska Ballot (December 3, 2013, 01:30 PM)
On November 20, 2013, the state chair of Americans Elect asked the Nebraska Secretary of State to remove it from qualified status. The Secretary of State agreed to do this. Otherwise, the state would have been required to print up 2014 primary ballots for Americans Elect. See this story. The Libertarian Party currently is the(More)?
Candidate for District of Columbia Attorney Refiles Lawsuit Over Whether Election Should be Held (December 2, 2013, 07:56 PM)
Paul Zukerberg, a candidate for Attorney General of the District of Columbia, has re-filed his lawsuit to force the District to hold an election for that post. He originally filed in the District’s own court system, but the D.C. government moved the case to U.S. District Court. The U.S. District Court ruled against Zukerberg on(More)?
Alabama Independent Candidate Files Ballot Access Brief in Eleventh Circuit (December 2, 2013, 05:10 PM)
On December 2, independent candidate James Hall filed this 62-page brief in the Eleventh Circuit, in Hall v Bennett, 13-15214. The issue is whether petition requirements must be relaxed in a special election, when the petitioning period is so much shorter. The election is to fill the vacant U.S. House Seat, First District of Alabama.
Massachusetts Moves 2014 Primary Date (December 2, 2013, 04:21 PM)
On November 26, Massachusetts Governor Duval Patrick signed HB 3764, which moves the 2014 primary date from September 16 to September 9. The bill only applies to 2014, so under current law, primaries in years beyond 2014 continue to be seven weeks before the general election, which would have been September 16 in 2014 if(More)?
Alabama Constitution Party Petition for Special Legislative Election Hampered by Alabama Secretary of State (December 2, 2013, 02:27 PM)
The Constitution Party has been petitioning for ballot status in the upcoming special election, State House district 31. In this district, 512 valid signatures are needed for independent candidates and for unqualified parties. Normally Alabama checks petitions on a flow basis, so that petitioning groups can tell how they are doing, and how many more(More)?
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